Office for the Aging



In New York State approximately 3 million caregivers provide more than 2.6 billion hours of care to loved ones each year. The economic value of this care is 32 billion dollars.

Resources for caregivers, professionals and providers to find information and/or assistance:

NYS Elder Caregiver Support Program assists informal caregivers - spouses, adult children, other family members, friends and neighbors in their efforts to care for older persons who need help with everyday tasks.

Grandparent/Kinship Care
A growing number of grandparents and other older relatives find themselves caring for their grandchildren and other relative children due to death, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, military deployment and other reasons.

Kinship Navigator(External Link) is an on-line statewide resource for information and referral where you can access information on laws, legal rights and issues on custody and visitation, eligibility for benefits and entitlement programs, tax credits, respite care and other local services. You can also call their toll-free number at 1-877-454-6463 to speak to a representative.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association (External Link) advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The Alzheimer's Association also has a 24/7 Helpline that has trained and knowledgeable staff who can help people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and others. Call toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Next Step in Care(External Link) is a new online resource for caregivers and professionals to help make transitions between care settings smoother and safer and to help improve communications between family caregivers and health care providers.

The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC)(External Link) is a statewide coalition focused on supporting caregivers, professionals and providers across New York State.

NY Connects: Your Link to Long Term Services and Supports is a free long term care information and assistance service that is available to older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their families to help make informed decisions about long term care options. NY Connects(External Link) can help you to identify the right type of care and learn more about services that meet your needs.

Caring for Older Drivers - for families, friends and caregivers, what to do about an aging loved one who is at-risk driving can be both perplexing and paralyzing.

AARP Caregiving Resource Center(External Link) - tools, work sheets and tips on how to plan, prepare and succeed as a caregiver.

AARP Report - Valuing the Invaluable 2015 Update(External Link)

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Family Support Services(External Link) Family Support Services Coordinators are available at each of OPWDD's Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)(External Link) to help families access Family Support Services. Each DDRO also has a Family Support Services Advisory Council to represent the interests of family members and people with developmental disabilities.

NYSOFA Caregiver Reports